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Jobs cut at MOD Eskmeals

The number of employees at MOD Eskmeals will be reduced as part of money-saving plans announced by the Ministry of Defence.

QinetiQ, the company that runs MOD Eskmeals on behalf of the MoD, released a statement saying that the site will stay open and that 34 jobs will remain there.

However 44 jobs are to be cut, with employees either facing compulsory redundancy or reemployment within the company.

The cuts will reportedly save the MOD £3million a year.

"We are sorry that this decision has had to be taken which supports the Government’s drive to reduce budgets and make savings. These changes will lead to a £3 million saving to the MOD.

“The site will not be closing, 34 employees will remain in place, and work will continue. When necessary, there will also be the ability to increase numbers at the site temporarily for additional testing."

– QinetiQ spokesperson


MoD Longtown talks

Talks are taking place this afternoon which could decide the future of 300 jobs at two munitions depots.

The Ministry of Defence wants to shut the sites in Longtown in Cumbria and Eastriggs in Dumfries and Galloway.

A delegation of trade union and Cumbria County Council members are travelling to London to meet the new Defence Minister, Phillip Dunne to try and persuade him to keep them open.

Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell took time out from the Conservative party conference to speak to our cameras about how important a decision this is for the area.

Longtown and Eastriggs MOD talks

The Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Peter Luff has visited the MOD site at Longtown, north of Carlisle, to discuss the potential closure of the site and its sister facility in Eastriggs in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Joint Trade Unions says closing the munitions sites would put the supply to the front line at risk. Around 300 jobs could go if they close. Both sites are said to require significant investment if they are to be maintained.

Hope to save MoD jobs

The head of one of Britain's biggest trade unions says he's hopeful that 300 jobs can still be saved at a Ministry of Defence site in the region. The base in Longtown is threatened with closure as part of cost cutting measures.

The General Secretary of the Prospect Union met staff and said that the chances of saving the site have improved, but they still have a fight on their hands.


Latest: Closure of the MoD site in Longtown

The general secretary of the Prospect Union has been in the region, discussing the future of the MOD site in Longtown.

The munitions processing site is due to close in 2014 as part of military cost cutting measures.

As well as the loss of 300 jobs, the union claims that closing the site would have a detrimental affect on supplying front line troops with ammunition.